In 1903, Seaman Knapp, a special agent with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, launched agricultural demonstrations at Porter Farm in Kaufman County (three miles north of Terrell) to help farmers combat boll weevil threat to cotton.
Knapp's work served as a model for the creation of the Agricultural Extension Service, now operating across the nation.
Knapp set up the county agent plan in 1906 and eventually started organizations for youth that were forerunners of the modern 4-H clubs. The site of the Porter Farm received a National Register of Historic Places designation in 1964.
Read more about the early days of agriculture extension services in East Texas HERE.